Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Graduate and Health Professions

The University of Pikeville expects an innovative and experienced graduate and health professions professional who will ensure exemplary student services to approximately 900 graduate and health professional students. He/she will be a relationship-builder and will focus on promoting retention, timely completion, and overall student satisfaction. The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs reports to the Dean of Student Affairs and is a position that has wide-ranging responsibilities requiring knowledge of student development, student services, policy and compliance, and outcomes assessment, with the objective of supporting the institution and graduate/health professional students through development and implementation of higher education best practices.

The position requires extensive interaction with the Dean of the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) and Dean of the Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) personnel and with the University's broader student affairs team, including the Dean of Student Affairs.

Key Functions:

  1. Serve as the primary contact and advocate for graduate/health professional students to ensure that they receive the support required to succeed academically.
  2. Assist in coordinating and connecting students to university-wide services, including tutoring, academic advising, health services, registration, financial aid, co-curricular activities, and career planning.
  3. Use qualitative and quantitative data to track retention on a program-by-program basis.
  4. Work with faculty and staff to design and implement strategies to support students academic needs as they complete their graduate/health professional studies.
  5. Manage graduate co-curricular programming, including orientations for incoming students throughout the year, lunches with the President, admitted student days, and student engagement events.
  6. Work with students to create a community by supporting student organizations such as the graduate and professional schools’ student government organizations, and by encouraging students to participate in co-curricular activities including international and domestic service trips.
  7. Serve as a member of the Care Team and work closely with the Dean of Student Affairs to provide direction and intervention for graduate and health professions students in crisis and non-crisis situations (e.g., intervening with students in mental health crises; assisting with the administration of the student code of conduct; working with UPIKE staff and faculty to resolve student concerns; mediating and resolving conflict; conducting student referrals: etc.).
  8. Develop and manage a comprehensive graduate student outreach and communication strategy to include a social media presence, email newsletter, web content, and periodic email reminders related to registration, graduation, and other events.
  9. Oversee updates to website and electronic and print materials for graduate and health professions students.
  10. Manage multiple ongoing processes, including students’ changes of status, leaves of absence, technology distribution, and housing placements.
  11. Serve as a liaison with outside professional organizations.
  12. Collaborate with or serve on various professional schools’ committees.
  13. Work with the University of Pikeville Title IX Coordinator, provide graduate and health professions students with information on sexual misconduct policies and resources.

Other Duties And Responsibilities

Assist graduate, health professional and undergraduate student affairs offices with events during busy seasons.

Represent the graduate and health professional programs at public events, university-wide student services meetings, and on both temporary and standing committees.


Position requires daily face-to-face contact with co-workers and work-study students in order to divide duties, conduct meetings, coordinate schedules, and assign jobs.  Contact with current students often occurs for counseling purposes on personal and/or school related issues.  Contact with potential students, parents, and local schools is vital in order to discuss recruitment, recruitment issues, and financial aid issues, as well as to provide a general exchange of information.

These relationships are maintained through e-mail, texting, telephone, social networking sites such as Facebook, and person-to-person contact.

Skills/Experience/Training Required:

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible higher education student affairs experience working with complex issues and situations. Experience with adult students is preferred.
  • Master’s degree required, preferably in Student Personnel Services, Student Development, Higher Education Administration, or related field.
  • Ability to actively support the mission of the university by working with students, staff, and faculty to share in and promote the core values of the University of Pikeville.
  • Professional demeanor, discretion, and ability to empathize with adult working students.
  • Critical thinking skills and ability to use data to continually improve approaches and processes.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Team player; ability to synthesize multiple viewpoints and reach consensus.
  • Experience with policies affecting student affairs including Title IX, VAWA, iADA, and the Clery Act.

The University of Pikeville offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. UPIKE offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, telemedicine, long-term disability, tuition waivers, a 403(b)-retirement plan, and HSA, FSA, & dependent care accounts. UPIKE also offers a generous holiday schedule and paid leave program.

Important Notes: Resume and other application materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the required qualifications for the position. If it is determined that you meet the required qualifications, your application materials will be used to identify a top group of the most highly qualified candidates. Please, specifically address the qualifications, competencies and desired qualifications in your resume and application materials.

The University of Pikeville is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

The University of Pikeville is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students. Inquiries may be directed to the University of Pikeville Title IX Coordinator by calling 606-218-5344.

For more information about the University of Pikeville, please visit Interested applicants should complete the online application by visiting In addition to the application, interested applicants are requested to attach to their application a letter of interest, current resume, and the contact information for three to five professional references.

Date Posted: 05/29/2020
Department: Student Affairs
Employment Type: Full-Time (40 hours)
Position Type: Staff